When Portlanders wish upon a star for style inspiration, their hearts’ desire may very well come to them at Una, the year-old boutique created by Giovanna Parolari, a California native who recalls family vacations spent trawling used book and antique stores with her admittedly offbeat parents. “I just wanted to go to Disneyland!” says Parolari, surrounded by the results of her apparently inborn interests: an assortment of cleverly curated pieces that fills the tiny shop.
Set against chocolate-brown walls and lit by a chandelier hovering over an Oriental rug, sweetly modern apparel is the focus at Una, where domestic clothing brands like Clu play off designs by Barcelona’s Lucia Blanco and Paris-based Melodie Wolf.
Meant to complement: Delicate jewelry, leather bags by supermodel/designer Alek Wek and Aftelier’s hand-mixed scents. An antique armoire holds exceptional clothing and charming housewares that Parolari has unearthed at estate sales.
The result is a multicultural melding of merchandise that’s anything but Mickey Mouse. “At first I thought, Well, there’s a right way—a formula—in doing this, right?” Parolari muses. “But then I realized that this mix is who I am. I wouldn’t know how to do it otherwise.” It’s a small world after all.